why you need gutters

Gutters are crucial for protecting your home against water damage. Whether your current gutters need repair or your house lacks gutters altogether, it’s important to have a functioning gutter system. Properly installed gutters redirect rainwater away from your roof, preventing damage to your foundation, basement, crawl space, windows, siding, and lawn.

How Gutters Protect Your Foundation

Without gutters in place, rainwater will roll off your roof and pool around your foundation. As the standing water seeps into the soil, it builds up under ground, causing what’s known as hydrostatic pressure. Hydrostatic pressure can lead to cracks in your foundation walls and settling of your foundation.

With properly installed gutters in place, that same rainwater can be directed away from your home, decreasing the pooling of water, the buildup of hydrostatic pressure, and the possibility of a cracked or settled foundation.

How Gutters Protect Your Basement and Crawl Space

If your house lacks gutters or has poorly draining gutters, it can lead to water damage in your basement or crawl space. As rainwater collects around the base of your home, it can seep underground, create cracks in your basement walls, and eventually flood your basement or crawl space. This is especially true if you have window wells installed around your basement windows, which makes it even easier for water to penetrate into your basement. Flooding and moisture in your basement or crawl space can cause mold growth, rotting wood, and issues with indoor air quality.

A properly installed gutter system diverts rainwater away from the base of your house, greatly reducing your chances of a flooded basement or crawl space. In addition to decreasing your chances of mold, mildew, or rotting wood, this also saves you a ton of money on repairs.

How Gutters Protect Your Windows and Siding

If there’s no gutter system in place, roofs with little to no overhang can lead to serious issues with your siding and windows. Excessive water damage can cause wooden window frames to rot, grow mold, become discolored, and soften. Over time, the unwanted water will create small cracks in your window frame and penetrate into the interior of your home. Water damage to your siding can lead to rotting and mold, while dirt and debris contained in the water runoff can cause your siding to become discolored.

Properly installed gutters protect your windows and siding from mold, mildew, rotting wood, and other forms of water damage. They can also divert dirt and debris away from your home, keeping your roof and siding from becoming stained.

How Gutters Protect Your Landscaping

Without properly installed gutters, water can collect in the lawn and landscaping around your home, eroding your soil and washing out your plant life.

By directing rainwater away from your home, rain gutters protect plants, grass, and other landscaping from being washed away by water runoff.

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Gutter Shutter® gutter keep your entire home safe from costly water damage. Schedule your free, no-obligation estimate today!
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Maintenance-Free Gutter System

Intentionally designed to address problems commonly associated with gutters, our maintenance-free gutter system includes a number of important improvements. Seamless aluminum gutters prevent clogging, heavy-duty GutterStud brackets keep gutters secured to your fascia boards, patented gutter guards prevent debris from entering your gutters, high-capacity downspouts hold up to 20% more water than traditional gutters, and a range of downspout extensions help divert water further away from your property.
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High-Quality Gutter Installation

At Gutter Shutter® of Grand Rapids, our installation specialists are fully licensed and insured, so you can be certain your gutters will be installed correctly. When you request a free estimate, one of our specialists will inspect your current gutters and meet with you to discuss gutter options for your home. During the installation, they will custom fabricate your gutters to fit with your roofline. We also offer debris removal and financing, and our work is backed by a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty. 
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Exciting News Ahead for Grand Rapids Customers

Gutter Shutter of Grand Rapids will soon become Larson & Keeney Home Services of Grand Rapids. Rest assured, while our name may be changing, our commitment to exceptional service remains the same.

In addition to Michigan’s Strongest All-In-One Gutter System—Gutter Shutter, we’re proud to announce that we’re now offering roofing services as well.

Stay tuned for more updates.